Firm History

Anderson Kill was founded in 1969 on the principles of integrity, excellence in the practice of law, and straightforward solutions to complex legal issues. The firm’s attorneys approach engagements relentlessly; The Wall Street Journal said we combine corporate polish with the pugnacity of the plaintiff’s bar.

Founded by Eugene R. Anderson in 1969, Anderson Kill pioneered insurance coverage litigation as a practice area in the early 1980s, as U.S. companies faced massive liabilities emerging from asbestos litigation and environmental cleanup mandated by Superfund legislation. In multi-year court battles, Mr. Anderson won landmark decisions for policyholders including Keene Corporation and the Central Illinois Public Service Company that established core principles for policyholders. These included the “continuous trigger” of coverage for claims that develop and manifest themselves over extended periods; joint and several liability to full policy limits for multiple insurance companies on the risk; and a finding that the “sudden and accidental” pollution exclusion in broad effect from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s was ambiguous.

Those early decisions finding insurance coverage for environmental cleanup opened a floodgate of litigation against insurance companies, as policyholders began asserting their rights for coverage on a host of liabilities. Anderson Kill (then Anderson Russell) was a primary beneficiary. Companies ranging from Olin Corp, McKesson Corp, and Consolidated Edison all came to the firm for representation in major coverage litigation. By 2007, 137 state and federal court decisions had cited Keene Corp. v. Insurance Co. of North America, as well as 178 law review and journal articles.

Today, Anderson Kill clients include some of the nation’s largest public and private entities, including companies in financial services, retail, oil/gas, telecommunications, construction, food supply, technology, pharmaceutical and life sciences, and utilities, municipalities and state governments, religious and not-for-profit organizations, small companies and individuals. The firm has offices in New York, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Newark, Philadelphia, Stamford and Washington, D.C. Our attorneys travel around the country and around the world to handle all types of matters, working together, leveraging creativity and legal and business acumen to deliver cost-effective resolutions to clients’ problems.  Anderson Kill prides itself on attracting and retaining intelligent, personable and well-rounded attorneys. Smart attorneys with sharp skills, excellent client service, and a track record to prove it: that is the Anderson Kill difference.

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